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Fairness of new city task force questioned; use of off-road vehicles examined

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"Where is input from walkers, hikers, bicyclist and horseback riders whose enjoyment will be interfered with by these motorized vehicles?" asks Peter Petrosoniak.

Some community members are speaking out against Kawartha Lakes City Council’s taskforce on off-road vehicles since all four citizen appointees have clear ties to the outdoor pastime.

The four community members selected to assist the task force include current president of the Kawartha ATV Association Caroline Richards, past president of the Kawartha ATV Association Steve Lane, ATV enthusiast and Trent Hills fire chief Don Mitchell and Kawartha Lakes Police Service constable Jason Ramsay. At the first meeting of the task force in early February, Richards was elected the vice-chair of the group.

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Budget breakdown: New positions, cleaner downtowns, and no mailed waste calendar

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Council will spend more money to get better maintained downtowns and public spaces. Photo: Jessica Topfer.

Every year the mayor, council and senior staff spend hundreds of hours carefully crafting a budget that aims to address the most pressing needs of citizens. This year’s budget has passed but not without some vigorous debate as the mayor, councillors, and staff broke down key decisions.

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Council uses provincial money to reduce tax levy to 1.5 per cent  

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Mayor Andy Letham pushed for a lower tax rate using provincial money.

Kawartha Lakes council unanimously approved applying a portion of the Safe Restart pandemic funding provided by the province to reduce the tax increase for 2021 to 1.5 per cent.

Over the past eight weeks of budget deliberations, Mayor Andy Letham and council have been staring at a much larger 3.84 per cent increase in the tax levy for 2021. Council went through the budget with a fine-toothed comb in multiple February meetings and reduced the proposed levy to a 3.77 per cent increase.

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Kawartha Lakes to move forward with community safety and well-being plan

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Kawartha Lakes to move forward with community safety and well-being plan

Right across Ontario an increasing number of people who are socio-economically disadvantaged or neuro-divergent are becoming involved in tragic incidents with law enforcement – many that could have been prevented with the proper interventions beforehand.

By July 1, Kawartha Lakes will have a community safety and well-being plan in place that recognizes and assists vulnerable groups and neighbourhoods throughout the city to lessen the severity of these interactions in the future.

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City council prepares to move municipality to level orange

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If Kawartha Lakes moves to orange level, downtowns and other community businesses will get to re-open. Photo: Jessica Topfer.

Chief Administrative Officer for Kawartha Lakes, Ron Taylor, told council recently that while the city is looking forward to reopening on Feb. 16, citizens should expect continued restrictions as the city will likely be designated orange under the current provincial re-opening framework in the continuing battle to limit COVID-19 and its variants’ spread.

The colour orange in the province’s framework means enhanced measures are still in place, there are restrictions on the number of people who can gather at businesses (which get to open again) or in homes, and enforcement while avoiding any closures.

“It has been a couple of months since my last report,” Taylor said, “and this report is in response to the provincial re-opening announcement made on Feb. 8.”

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Library board asks for bump in budget to move forward with new and ongoing projects

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Projects for 2021 include renovation and expansion of the Bobcaygeon library, expected to be complete by early 2022, and the ongoing expansion of Fenelon Falls' library.

While 2020 has been a very challenging year for the Kawartha Lakes Public Library system, there are important changes on the horizon for 2021, says Jamie Anderson, CEO and library director. Anderson presented to council a budget request for an additional 5.35 per cent.

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Lindsay Downtown BIA asks for increase in 2021 funding

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The additional $10,000 will be spent on new planters and banners for the new light posts. Photo: Sienna Frost.

The Lindsay Downtown Business Improvement Association, representing approximately 150 businesses, made a presentation to Kawartha Lakes council asking for an additional $10,000 in funding for 2021.

The organization is responsible for advocacy, beautification, improvement and maintenance of the downtown area. They also coordinate marketing and special events to promote and improve the economic prosperity of the downtown.

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Kawartha Lakes Housing Corporation plans for an energy-efficient 2021

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City’s new 10-year homeless plan aims for nearly 1,300 housing units

Hope Lee, chair of the Kawartha Lakes Housing Corporation, which is responsible for affordable housing in both Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County, presented a budget request of $1.36 million to council during a recent council meeting.

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City short more than 14 doctors for its needs, says KLHCI

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City short more than 14 doctors for its needs, says KLHCI

Despite considerable efforts by the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI), the city finds itself 14.5 family doctors short of its needs.

Lisa Green, president of KLHCI shared her findings with city council recently as the group made its annual budget request.

“It takes an entire community to recruit a doctor,” Green said, “and currently 3,550 adults and 300 children in Kawartha Lakes have no access to a family doctor.”

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KLPS requests 1.5 per cent increase from city as provincial grants drop

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KLPS Chief Mark Mitchell also hopes to move forward with a construction upgrade to the police station. Photo: Erin Burrell.

With less money available from the province because of cutbacks, Kawartha Lakes Police Service is looking for a hand from the municipality.

Chair of the Kawartha Lakes Police Services Board Don Thomas presented the 2021 budget estimate to Kawartha Lakes council for their consideration, asking for a 1.49 per cent increase in funding. This would amount to an additional $123,294 allocated to the municipal police force whose responsibilities include Lindsay and part of the old Ops Township.

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